The Albania News retrospective on the main events of the year
Albania, the European drug greenhouse
In August of the 2014 the notorious "Albanian cannabis capital", Lazarat, was destroyed, suggesting an upcoming resolution of the long-standing problem of crops in Albania, but evidently that move was not enough to curb the phenomenon and the warning signs are becoming more and more frequent.
Three months after the political elections and with the opposition in the square to call for a technical government, the Premier Rama decided that to leave the government must be the Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri for some time in the eye of the storm due to alleged links with the organized crime and above all due to impotence in the face of the burgeoning phenomenon of cannabis cultivation in the country.
- Albanian drug crime is now a European problem, letter from Edi Rama to the Financial Times
Ilir Meta is the new President of Albania
The 28 April 2017 Ilir Meta was elected 7º president of the Republic of Albania with 87 votes on 140 parliamentary deputies (89 voters), and took office on July 24, succeeding Bujar Nishani.
The Socialist Party of Edi Rama alone at the helm of the country
The 25 June 2017 voted for the renewal of the 140 seats in the Albanian parliament. The Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama has exceeded all expectations by reaching the numbers alone to control the majority
The Ministry of the Diaspora is established for the first time
The 27 August 2017, the Albanian premier Edi Rama presented the new cabinet, in his second term, offering Pandeli Majko The Ministry of the State for the Diaspora which will deal with the status of the Albanians in neighboring countries and will try to increase the bond and cooperation with the Albanian government. The cure will be towards the Albanians of Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, the city of Preshevë, and the Diaspora.
Rrajca and Fiume Gashi protected by UNESCO
The primordial forests of the beech trees of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe are a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared between Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine. From the 2017 also of Albania with the inclusion of Rrajca and Fiume Gashi.
The legislation on justice reform ends
The Albanian Parliament has appointed the 27 members of the Independent Commission of the "Qualifications" and of the "College of Appeal", two institutions charged with the implementation of the vetting, that is a process that provides for the evaluation of the training and professional competences of the 800 judges and Albanian prosecutors, together with a careful verification of their assets and possible links with the world of crime
Floods: 596 displaced families, flooded over 3300 housing and 10 thousand hectares of agricultural land
The Council of Ministers has not deliberated the declaration of a state of emergency in reference to the flood that hit the territory, even if it has promised to pay the damages caused by the floods
- Albania: bad weather report. Rama: legislation on insurance in the event of natural disasters
Albania and Kosovo committed to the fourth joint government meeting of the two executives
The meeting took place in view of the National Day of Albania on November 28, on the occasion of the 105 anniversary of independence. The meeting was presided over by the Albanian prime minister Edi Rama and Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj
The new President of the Parliament of Macedonia is Talat Xhaferri, the first Albanian since the independence of the Balkan republic
- Epilogue of the alarming situation with civil war after the savage attack in the Skopje Parliament (audio)
- Macedonia, Euro-Atlantic integration returns to the top of priorities (OBCT)
Bill to recognize the Albanian as the official language in Macedonia
The Premier of Macedonia Zoran Zaev, directly committed to implementing the "Ohrid Agreement", which recognizes more rights for the Albanians in Macedonia, has brought a law currently under discussion to the Macedonian Parliament, which should recognize the Albanian as an official language .
After the first meeting between the Albanian and Macedonian governments, which is seen as a new chapter in bilateral relations, the next joint meeting between the two governments should take place in the 2018 in Macedonia where it is hoped to find Macedonia as the third country that officially speaks the Albanian language after Albania and Kosovo.
Albania votes against the US proposal to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
On the occasion of the vote on the resolution presented by Turkey and Yemen to the UN General Assembly, Albania voted against the US proposal to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.